Choosing the Right Summer Day Camp

Summertime! The days are long and filled with endless possibilities! The only problem; finding the best place to spend your summer.

For many working parents, providing an enriching experience that helps their children mature and develop important life skills is critical. That’s where summer camp comes in! See what summer camp looks like at Terrapin Adventures!

There are many factors when it comes to choosing the right summer day camp for your camper. We wanted to share some criteria for choosing the best camp for your child.

We encourage parents and guardians to contact local camp directors & speak with other parents who have sent their kids to either Terrapin Adventures or other summer camps in the Howard County area. Download a PDF version of the Camp Comparison Chart.

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Terrapin Adventures

Is the camp licensed by the state of Maryland? Yes
Special Recognition from the State for Exceptional Inspection Reports Yes
Camper to Counselor Ratio? 8 Campers to 1 Camp Counselor
Early Bird Discount Offered? Save 5% if Booked Before April 1st (Save 10% before February 1st)
Sibling or 2nd Week of Camp Discount? Sibling Discount: $25/camper

2nd Week Discount: $25/camper per week

Years Operating Camp 11 Years
Years of Camp Director Experience Four years as a Camp Director, & six years as a Camp Counselor
Are Staff Background Checked? Yes, through Child Protective Services, the State of Maryland, and the FBI
Pre-Camp Care No
After-Camp Care
Yes until 5:30pm for two of our four camp programs: Ultimate Adventure and Adventure Expeditions Camps
Hours of Operation Varies by camp program. Between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Activities Offered Zip Lining, High Ropes Course, Giant Swing, Aerial Jump, Climbing Tower, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Archery, Slingshotting, Crafts, Overnight**, Nature Hikes, Caving, Camp-fire cookout, Slip ‘n Slide, Tie dye t-shirts, Make your own ice cream & more!
Certifications of Staff
CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, Kayaking, Archery, ACCT Ropes course training
Communication with parents & guardians Daily sharing throughout the day of pictures and information about what is coming up for campers. Option of communication through email, phone, and a secure app!
Ages Served 5-15 years old
**Overnight Option Due to COVID-19, only two of our camps have the potential for an Overnight — Adventure Expeditions & Wilderness Explorer.
Cost Varies | $275-$549/camper
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